Peppermint essential oil is derived from the leaves of Mentha piperita, which belongs to the Lamiaceae family. The genus Mentha comprises of over 20 individual species with a diversity of varieties and chemotypes, most of which have aromatic foliage. However, only the . . .
Sweet marjoram essential oil is derived from the flowering tops of Origanum majorana, which is classified under the Labiatae family along with over 30 other species of ‘marjoram’ within the genus Origanum. This diversity and the fact that origanums have been widely used for both medicinal and culinary purposes over many centuries has led to […]
There are several varieties of the herb thyme, but the ‘common’ thyme used for the production of thyme essential oil is believed to be an improved, cultivated form of the wild thyme which originated in the mountainous regions of Spain and Europe. This plant is the thymol chemotype of the herb Thymus vulgaris which belongs […]
The cinnamon tree belongs to the Lauraceae family and provides commerce with two different oils; cinnamon leaf essential oil and cinnamon bark essential oil. The former oil is the type used in aromatherapy, whereas oil from the bark contains a very high concentration of cinnamic aldehyde which is a powerful skin irritant, therefore this particular […]